Emergency and exit lighting is a very important aspect of any emergency evacuation plan.
For your building to be safe in the event of fire, you’ll need to create a clearly visible evacuation path. Regular lighting often fails in an emergency, compromising the path to safety. Exit and Emergency lighting therefore enables individuals and to safely exit a building if regular lighting has failed or power is lost due to an emergency occurrence. These lights do not only use electricity – they’re battery-operated, ensuring a safe light source for at least 90 minutes after the power fails. They guide people to safely exit the building, minimising harm and reducing evacuation time. Emergency lighting is also subject to stringent compliance guidelines and regulations by the Australian government. Here’s a checklist to ensure you have compliant and effective emergency lighting:
Check the floor area of your premise
If the floors are over 300 square metres, you’ll need to install emergency and exit lighting. If it’s not, you will have to confirm the type whether you need special emergency and exit lighting based on your building class. Every class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 building where the storey has a floor area more than 300m2 is required to have emergency and exit lighting.
Consider your building’s access to natural light
Emergency and exit lighting is required if exit doors from a room don’t open into a space with sufficient natural light. All enclosed spaces and building stairwells must have emergency lights.
Ensure your exits are free from obstruction
All exits require a clear path to enable occupants to leave the building quickly and efficiently in an emergency.
Ensure all your emergency exits are accompanied by an exit sign
All your emergency exits must be marked clearly by an illuminated exit sign. These must be illuminated and clearly visible at all times, wherever you are inside the building.
Ensure you maintain your emergency lighting system
It’s one thing to have emergency lighting, but you also must service them regularly for them to work. It’s a requirement that a consultant electrician tests and maintains them at least once every six months, in line with Australian regulations.
Don’t forget your evacuation plan!
Remember, its essential to have an up-to date evacuation plan in addition to your emergency lighting.
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